Yoga Conference


Gary Kraftsow began his study of yoga in India with T. K. V. Desikachar in 1974 and received a Viniyoga Special Diploma from Viniyoga International in Paris, France. Gary is the founder, director, and senior teacher of the American Viniyoga Institute's Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist Training Programs. He is the author of the books Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation and has released several educational DVDs. Recently, he coauthored "Building Bridges for Yoga Therapy Research: The Aetna, Inc. Mind-Body Pilot Study on Chronic and High Stress" in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. Learn more at viniyoga.com.



Common Aches and Pains: The Upper Back, Neck, and Shoulders
Gary Kraftsow - Course ID: M2KRAF

Saturday, January 17 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
Weekend Classes
Therapeutic / Mixed Levels

Many people come to yoga looking for relief from common aches and pains. We'll explore the biomechanics of the upper back, neck, and shoulders, and the types of problems that can affect these areas. Then we'll develop and practice a sequence of adapted asanas designed to relieve stress as well as strengthen weaker areas.

Lecture, discussion and asana practice.


Bringing Pranayama and Meditation into Your Group Yoga Classes
Gary Kraftsow - Course ID: M3KRAF

Saturday, January 17 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Weekend Classes
Continue Your Education

A growing segment of the community of yoga practitioners is looking to experience more of the inner practices of yoga while still maintaining its dedicated asana practice. Come explore how pranayama and meditation can be harmoniously and seamlessly integrated into an asana class, allowing students to maintain their practice and add elements that will deepen and enrich their experience.

Discussion with pranayama and mediation practice.


Stress Management
Gary Kraftsow - Course ID: M5KRAF

Sunday, January 18 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
Weekend Classes
Mixed Levels

Yoga has tremendous potential for assisting the general population with reducing stress and the effects of stress-related diseases. This lecture and practice includes methods to relieve musculoskeletal tension, alleviate headaches, improve sleep, and develop coping strategies for dealing with stressful events and the negative symptoms of stress.

Integrated practice of asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation.


Inner Tantric Yoga Practice: Pranayama, Mantra, Visualization, and Meditation
Gary Kraftsow - Course ID: M6KRAF

Sunday, January 18 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Weekend Classes
Contemplative / Mixed Levels

The rapid expansion of dedicated yoga practitioners throughout the United States is a true testament to the effectiveness of this ancient science. The majority of these dedicated yogis, however, have been focused on the outer practice of yoga, the development or rebalancing of our physical bodies. In this class, we'll explore the inner practices of yoga, focusing on the transformation of our minds. In our practice, we'll integrate asana, pranayama, and mantra in the service of visualization and meditation.

Integrated practice of asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation.


Emotional Balance: Working with Anxiety and Depression
Gary Kraftsow - Course ID: AMKRAF

Monday, January 19 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
Monday All-Day Intensives
Therapeutic / Mixed Levels

Explore the yoga-therapy perspective and methods for working with anxiety and depression. We'll focus on psychological aspects of the human system, explore models of the integrated personality that emerge from Vedic teachings, and discover the science of meditation that the ancients developed for reducing suffering and cultivating our higher human potential. Recognizing that positive states have a deeply restorative impact on the entire system, we are able to develop certain practices to transform negative qualities of mind, promote general well-being, and manage the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Lecture, discussion and asana practice.